|Orionids meteor shower peak Oct. 21, 2009!|
A NASA Marshall Space Flight Center video about the Orionids meteor shower, which peaked over North America on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Keywords: NASA; Marshall; astronomy; meteor; Orionids; meteorite
|Perseid Meteor Shower at Its Peak!|
This video shows a compilation of events seen during the peak of the 2010 Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 13, 2010, over Huntsville, Ala. The shower began around July 17, peaked August 12-13 and will be officially over by August 24. The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are associated with the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. Video: NASA/MSFC/D. Moser, NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office
Keywords: perseid; meteor shower; nasa; astronomy; fireball; marshall space flight center
|Hinode Witnesses Solar Eclipse|
Spectacular images from the Hinode spacecraft show the solar eclipse, which darkened the sky in parts of the Western United States and Southeast Asia yesterday.
Keywords: What -- Hinode; Hinode; solar eclipse; astronomy; ring of fire; NASA
|Fishman Receives the Shaw Prize for Astronomy|
In the video, Dr. Jerry Fishman discusses his career as a scientist, his lifelong interest in science and his recognition as the 2011 Shaw Prize Recipient for Astronomy.
Keywords: NASA; Marshall Space Flight Center; Dr. Jerry Fishman; Shaw Prize; astronomy; space exploration
|Taurids Dust the November Skies|
A bright Taurid streaks across southern Tennessee in the wee hours of Nov. 7, 2011. The bright flare in the meteor about two-thirds of the way into the video is caused by the meteor breaking into smaller pieces. (NASA/MSFC/Meteoroid Environment Office)
Keywords: Where -- Tennessee; Marshall Space Flight Center; Meteroid Environment Office; taurids; meteor showers; astronomy
|Hinode Views the 2012 Venus Transit|
On June 5, 2012, Hinode captured these stunning views of the transit of Venus -- the last instance of this rare phenomenon until 2117. Hinode is a joint JAXA/NASA mission to study the connections of the sun's surface magnetism, primarily in and around sunspots. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages Hinode science operations and oversaw development of the scientific instrumentation provided for the mission by NASA, and industry...
Keywords: Where -- Venus; What -- Hinode; Marshall Space Flight Center; Hinode; Venus transit; solar eclipse; astronomy; space exploration
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|Perseid Fireball: Brighter Than Venus|
On the night of August 3 at 9:56 p.m. a Perseid meteor -- about 1 inch in diameter and moving at a speed of 134,000 mph -- entered the atmosphere 70 miles above the town of Paint Rock, Ala. At such a tremendous velocity, the meteor cut a path some 65 miles long, finally burning up 56 miles above Macay Lake, just northeast of the town of Warrior. The meteor was about six times brighter than the planet Venus and would be classified as a fireball by meteor scientists.The Perseid radiant was low in ...
Keywords: What -- Earth; Where -- Venus; What -- Dawn; perseid; perseids; meteor; shower; meteors; fireball; venus; comet; nasa.astronomy; marshall space flight center
|Solar Eclipse May 20th as Seen by Hinode|
An annular solar eclipse took place in the late hours of May 20th, into the 21st, and was visible from the ground in southern China, Japan, and the western United States. Hinode is in a low-Earth (630km altitude - about 400 miles) sun-synchronous polar orbit that permits nearly continuous observations of the sun and was in position to capture images of the solar eclipse.
Keywords: Where -- Japan; What -- Polar; What -- Sun; Where -- China; What -- Hinode; Hinode; Marshall Space Flight Center; solar eclipse; astronomy
|Venus in Transit - Impact on Space Science with Jim Spann|
One of the most uncommon celestial phenomena, a solar transit by the planet Venus, will occur Tuesday evening. The Marshall Center will help build excitement for the rare event with a Lunch & Learn at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 4, in Morris Auditorium in Building 4200. Marshall scientist, Dr. Jim Spann will host the informative session. Participants will learn more about the phenomenon, which occurs in a pattern repeated every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart...
Keywords: What -- Sun; Where -- Venus; What -- Earth; Marshall Space Flight Center; Venus in Transit; James Spann; astronomy; solar eclipse; solar transit
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|Stunning View of Lyrids and Earth at Night|
On April 21, the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower peaked in the skies over Earth. While NASA allsky cameras were looking up, astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station trained his video camera on Earth below. Video footage has revealed breathtaking images of meteors ablating -- or burning up -- over Earth at night. This video is a composite of 310 still frames from that evening. (NASA/JSC/Don Pettit)
Keywords: What -- Earth; Lyrid meteor shower; Marshall Space Flight Center; NASA allsky camera; Don Pettit; International Space Station; meteor shower; astronomy
|Fireball Streaks Through Night Sky of Western Alabama|
Vigilant sky watchers were treated to a fiery surprise in western Alabama sky on Friday, March 19. Allsky meteor cameras at the Marshall Center and near Chickamauga, Ga., recorded a fireball streaking across the sky around 11:19 p.m. CDT. Moving at a speed of 42,500 mph -- or 12 miles per second -- the meteor burned up approximately 20 miles up in the atmosphere. Although very bright, the meteor was deemed not large enough to produce meteorites...
Keywords: Where -- Alabama; Where -- California; Where -- Mississippi; fireball; meteor; bill cooke; marshall space flight center; nasa; astronomy; skywatching